Although it doesn’t feel like spring here in chilly Northern Ireland, I have finally dusted off the literary cobwebs and started working on my third novel manuscript. Literary novel 1 and Fantasy novel 2 are still making the rounds of traditional publishing – more updates here. For now, a bit more about my writing process for Novel-in-progress 3.


As an old-fashioned kind of gal, I am a fan of using longhand to etch out my initial drafts, before typing everything up. The Bumper Value Jotter above is perfect for this: I can type then rip out chapters as I go. For anyone worried about the waste of paper involved in such an endeavour, fear not! I am environmentally conscious and recycle as I go!

In the past, I wrote first drafts on beautiful, hand-made notebooks that I bought at Camden Market while living in London. These are admittedly lovely to look at on the bookshelf, but as any writer knows, a story can go through many drafts before reaching the final polished manuscript. It’s simpler to write on disposable notebooks and print out a finished proof copy on Lulu before preparing to make the publishing rounds.

As for the content of my latest work-in-progress? It’s a literary story, of a travel nature. I’m not one to talk much about my writing before it sees the light of day, so that’s all I’ll say for now. I’ll be updating my novel progress page as it happens, so you can follow more tidbits from there.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019. Leilanie has also published four poetry collections: Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their rambunctious toddler, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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